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Norwood Dental Associates
200 Norwood Avenue, Oakhurst, NJ 07755

Phone: (732) 663-1200
Fax: (732) 663-1222

Silver Ridge Dental
569 Lakehurst Road, Toms River, NJ 08755

Phone: (732) 914-0500        
Fax: (732) 914-8788


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 Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) are a common subgroup of orofacial pain disorders, often incorrectly referred to as “TMJ”.  TMJ is the abbreviation used for the temporomandibular joint or jaw joint.  There are two basic types of TMD: MYOGENOUS TMD (muscle generated pain) and ARTHROGENOUS TMD (jaw joint generated pain).

Understanding TM Disorders

TMD SYMPTOMS include pain or discomfort in or around the ear, jaw joint, and/or muscles of the jaw, face, temples and neck on one or both sides.  The pain may arise suddenly and progress with fluctuating frequency and intensity over months to years.  Clicking, popping, grating (crepitus), locking, limited opening or deviating jaw movement, chewing difficulties, and headache are also associated with TMD.


This page was updated on May 10, 2012

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